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Anyone opting for P&S's instead of DSLR's?

snegron

Cape Coral, Florida, US
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snegron Silver Member Nikonian since 05th May 2007
Mon 06-Sep-10 10:17 PM | edited Mon 06-Sep-10 10:21 PM by snegron

Lately I have been leaving my Nikon DSLR's at home while taking my LX3 as my primary camera. Today I faced the ultimate test; my child's birthday party. While I would normally have taken my gripped D200 with Nikon 17-55mm 2.8 AF-S and SB800 to any remotely important event, today I opted to simply take my LX3. No back up, no external flash, no tripod, no bag full of gadgets.

The IQ of my D200 still beats the IQ of my LX3, but I opted to stick with the LX3 because of its light weight and decent IQ. I felt strange (almost naked) without my DSLR, but I believe I enjoyed my child's birthday much more because I wasn't as obsessed with the picture-taking process as I normally would have been.

It may be that I'm getting older (less enthusiastic of lugging around a heavy DSLR outfit), but when weighing in the compromises of either better IQ or portability, I have been opting for portability. I have been considering the Olympus E-PL1 for this very reason. My fear is that I will probably end up shelving my D200 (I currently have two D200 and two D1X bodies but only use one of each while its twin remains almost new in storage as back up). The micro 4/3 format looks very appealing to me because of its smaller size, but I have also toyed with the idea of a Nikon 3100. I only have one DX lens (the 17-55), so I'm not tied in to DX as I am with Nikon lenses in general.

Anyone else leaving their DSLR's at home while opting for their point & shoots as primary cameras?

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